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The Importance of Drawing: Ralph Rapson's Legacy

Date: 11/11/2010 - 01/09/2011

Time: All Day Event

Location: HGA Gallery Rapson Hall

Cost: Free


The Importance of Drawing: Ralph Rapson’s Legacy
November 11, 2010–January 9, 2011
Opening Reception, Thursday, November 11, 7-9 PM
HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall
Sponsored by HGA Architects and Engineers

The influence of Ralph Rapson on architecture is profound. One of his most admired skills—besides designing outstanding, humanistic architecture—was his exceptional ability to draw. This exhibition features examples of Rapson’s work in addition to that of many of his Minnesota colleagues and students. The “Minnesota Style,” is characterized by the Rapsonian qualities of strong use of line to define three-dimensional form; absolute mastery of the use of shade and shadow to define these forms and give them materiality; and buildings and landscapes populated by believable characters of all shapes and sizes, ages, genders, and nationalities. Above all, the style that Rapson championed enlivens the design that is presented and engages the viewer in the theater of life that architecture must necessarily concern itself with.

GMD programs funded in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.



  • Name: Laura Walton
  • E-mail: lwalton@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-6385
  • Sponsored by: College of Design, Goldstein Museum of Design

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Laura Walton, College of Design, at 612-626-6385 or lwalton@umn.edu.

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